St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Articles from May 22, 1994

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Parents Take on Statute Law Shielded City in Death of 6-Year-Old
Chris Feely got the call that is a parent's nightmare: Your child is hurt and at the hospital. Come right away.At Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, Feely learned the worst. Her son, Brendan, 6, had been fatally crushed by a tree limb that snapped...
Parkway W. Girls Snare State Title
For almost the entire day of the Missouri high school girls swimming and diving finals, host Columbia Hickman led Parkway West by a considerable margin.But in the 10th event, the 100-yard backstroke, Susie Derringer and Katie Weyforth of Parkway West...
People
Time was when television limited fisticuffs to Friday night. Now you can see people spar at 9 a.m. Tuesday, on "Geraldo" (Channel 2, KTVI).Tuesday's program features men and women whose spouses have cheated. At the taping, two frays broke out - the second...
Pet Food Exports Rise More Affluence, Pampered Pets Beef Up Sales
Pet owners around the world are buying more prepared pet food, and much of it comes from the United States.Statistics from the U.S. Agriculture Department show that pet food is one of the fastest-growing American farm exports, multiplying more than eightfold...
`Pilot' Soars on a Wing, a Keyboard Computer Buffs Fly in Cyberspace Clubs
Some people golf to relax. Some people garden. Some people sew.When Jim Erwin wants to relax, he climbs into the cockpit of a Boeing 737 and flies a planeload of passengers from Orlando, Fla., to Bangor, Maine.He doesn't have a pilot's license, but his...
Planning Is Topic a at Seminar
"Planning" was the buzzword at least week's Urban Land Institute seminar: planning for demographic changes, for job creation, for business restructurings, for redevelopment and for better regional coooperation.City officials, professors, lawyers, developers,...
Please Keep Singing Nun out of Restrooms
RECENTLY several alert readers sent me a news item from The Houston Chronicle that struck a responsive chord in the upright piano of my brain. The item begins as follows:"SAN ANTONIO - A man fed up with the repetitive strains of `Pop! Goes the Weasel'...
Political Intrigue at Cannes Contending Chinese Film Is Banned in Its Homeland the Director Won't Attend under Threat of Blacklisting
NOT COUNTING the incessant - and essentially meaningless - carping of the French over the relative paucity of stars and products from major American studios this year, the 47th annual Cannes International Film Festival had its first significant political...
Poor Pacific Nations May Start Scraping Bottom of the Sea
For as long as Tongans can remember, oil has oozed from the soil of Tongatapu island in sticky black puddles.Thousands of miles away, specks of gold appear among the grains of beach sand under the coconut palms of Vanuatu.Millions of nodules of rare...
Priests in Exile Dismay Lingers over Abuse Charges in Belleville Diocese
ST. TERESA CHURCH in Belleville glows with yellow ribbons - on the church doors, on trees outside the church, on parishioners' cars parked for Sunday Mass.The ribbons signal support for the Rev. Louis Peterson, who stepped down as pastor in January amid...
Putting a Face on an Epidemic
I CAN PUT a face with the virus.The face is that of Darrell McWhorter, a former reporter and feature writer for the Post-Dispatch, who died last year. The virus is AIDS, McWhorter's killer.I couldn't put a real face with the virus a few years ago. Sure,...
Rahall Puts New Car in 500 Field
A "perfect" scenario during the chaotic final 30 minutes of Saturday's qualifying session took Bobby Rahal out and then put him right back in where he wants to be, solidly in the lineup for the Indianapolis 500.Driving a 1993 Ilmor-powered Penske, Rahal...
Rahal Puts New Car in 500 Field
A "perfect" scenario during the chaotic final 30 minutes of Saturday's qualifying session took Bobby Rahal out and then put him right back in where he wants to be, solidly in the lineup for the Indianapolis 500.Driving a 1993 Ilmor-powered Penske, Rahal...
Rare HIV Transmission Strikes 2 Boy, 5, and Woman, 75, Caught Infection from Household Members
A child and an elderly woman have contracted HIV from household members, a rare mode of transmission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.Health officials know of only six other cases of household transmission in which there was no...
Reel Estate Hollywood Is Short a Blockbuster or Two, but Still Has a Lot to Sell for Summer
ALL the self-congratulatory speeches and humanitarian awards of March aside, the real business of Hollywood is business. And summer is when the huge multinational corporations that control more than 90 percent of the movie business go for the kind of...
Reunions
Bates School: The January class of 1944 is planning a 50-year reunion. Information: Jean Brannam Jorens, 838-0122; or Phyllis Baldwin Corne, 878-7598.Berkeley High: The class of 1984 is planning a 10-year reunion. Information: Mitchell, 869-6101.Columbia...
`Rights Revolution' Is No Threat to Us
JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMAS gave a speech the other day about crime and society, and many Americans will agree wholeheartedly with him. Portions of his remarks, in fact, ought to command universal approval."A society that abandons personal responsibility...
Rockies' Reynoso Likely to Need Arm Surgery
Righthander Armando Reynoso, the mainstay of the Colorado Rockies pitching staff, faces elbow surgery and likely has thrown his last pitch of the season.Reynoso grabbed his right elbow in pain after delivering a pitch Friday night, and an examination...
Rwandan Corpses Pose Health Threat 100 an Hour Washing Ashore in Uganda
Thousands of bodies from Rwanda's massacres have washed down the Kagera River into Lake Victoria in Uganda in the past week, creating an acute health hazard, Ugandan officials say.Cloaking the countryside with the stench of death, the bodies - as many...
Saint Bobby's Fall from Grace Latest Rounds of Scandal Upset Some Florida State Fans
"Saint Bobby" was a title that made FSU football coach Bobby Bowden wince. Other people pinned it on him, against his will."You've got to be careful about that saint stuff," Bowden would say at banquets. "They put that halo over your head and pretty...
Sampras Aims for Grand Slam Sweep in Paris
Bjorn Borg never did it. Neither did John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Arthur Ashe, Ken Rosewall or any other male tennis player of the past 25 years.Pete Sampras, 22, can establish himself as the greatest all-around player of his era - and one of the best...
Shakedown: Salt Shakers Disappear after Legislative Gathering
You could call this story "The Irate Restaurant Owner and the Embarrassed Lobbyist."The restaurant owner is Denise Balazic, who runs the Word of Mouth Cafe in Rocheport, on the Missouri River west of Columbia.The lobbyist is Datra Herzog, who lobbied...
Shin Bone Found in Britain Is of Europe's Oldest Man
Europe's oldest man lived 500,000 years ago, ate elephant and was tall and robust, British archaeologists have reported.Their findings last week came from analysis of a piece of ancient shin bone discovered last December in an archaeological dig in a...
Show and Sell Buyers Rush in . . . Homes Going Fast
Don and Rose Chisholm arrived from Minneapolis and got a rude shock about the St. Louis housing market."I've seen a lot of real-estate markets," said Don Chisholm, a retired businessman. "This is as hot a market as I've seen anywhere."For home buyers,...
Some Softballers Are Switching to Life in the Fast Lane
Meredith Darnielle is a two-sport athlete - in the same sport."I've been playing fast-pitch softball since the second grade and I really love that," says Darnielle, an eighth-grader at St. James School in Montgomery. "There's more action to that with...
South Dakota Sioux Reaching out to Welcome Tourists
The Indians are waiting for the tourists this summer.Forget about the stone-faced presidents on Mount Rushmore, the Corn Palace in Mitchell or the 5-cent-coffee and free-ice-water drugstore in Wall.Travelers contacting the newest South Dakota-based tourist...
Sovereign Immunity under Fire City Shielded in Death of 6-Year-Old
Chris Feely got the call that is a parent's nightmare: Your child is hurt and at the hospital. Come right away.At Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, Feely learned the worst. Her son, Brendan, 6, had been fatally crushed by a tree limb that snapped...
Sports Shorts
St. Louisan Kenny Wallace drove his Ford to a track record in qualifying for NASCAR's Meridian Advantage 200-mile race at Nazareth (Pa.) Speedway on Saturday.Wallace lapped the 1-mile oval at 128.834 mph to earn the top starting spot in the 40-car field...
Spotlight
Dixie Hoyt, a teacher in the Parkway School District, recently received the Horace Mann Friend of Education award from the Missouri National Education Association. Hoyt teaches biology and anatomy at Parkway West High School.Paul D. Boughton has been...
Steinmetz Specialized in Families Special-Interest Foes Made Her a Target
When Kaye Steinmetz first got elected to the Missouri House in 1976, an old political hand gave her one word of advice: "Specialize."And specialize, she did.Over the next 18 years, Steinmetz wrote law after law addressing the problems of children and...
St. Louis Q&a
What's the story with the neon sign at 916 Olive Street? It's a man's head, with a hat and glasses. It looks like FDR. Was this a hat store at one time? It's pretty impressive as neon goes. Catherine Lyle, St. LouisRight party, wrong pol. That's...
Street Ball 6,000 Contenders, Pretenders Taking Best Shots Downtown
The game on the line, the basketball in your hands, a plan coming to mind - this scenario lured nearly 6,000 hoopsters into mortal three-on-three combat on downtown streets this weekend.At center court, Gates I and the YMCA Spirits were tied 14-14. A...
Study Links Hormones, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Natural hormone production in infants could play a significant role in sudden infant death syndrome.University of Washington researchers believe surging hormones - testosterone in males, estradiol in females - could inhibit some babies' breathing during...
Sumner Sprinter Sweeps Girls Dashes at Howell
Saturday's track meet at Francis Howell High belonged to Tianna Swinney and John Parker.Swinney, a Sumner senior, and Parker, a McCluer junior, each ran away with first-place honors in their respective dashes in the Missouri Class 4A sectional.Both qualified...
Super Handyman
Dear Al: My daughter is getting married next month and is registering at some of the local stores. I found out that our local home center has a tool registry also, so I put them on the list. They have it set up with a whole list of the basic tools and...
Surgeons Treat Mideast Victim Young Arab Was Wounded in Gaza Strip
About 14 months ago, Ahmed Abu sharea's bullet-riddled body was being dragged through the streets of his Palestinian homeland, tied to the jeep of the soldiers who had shot him.On Saturday, on Eid Aladha, the most important Muslim holiday of the year,...
Swiss Red Cross Ignored HIV Peril Former Official Charged in Geneva with Failing to Heed Warnings
In April 1985, the New York Blood Center sent a telex to the Red Cross of Switzerland, advising that part of the shipment of Swiss blood appeared to have tested positive for HIV.The New York center said it had destroyed the suspect units. The Swiss Red...
Symphony Mixes New, Familiar
The music of Olivier Messiaen has not often been heard at St. Louis Symphony concerts, but Symphony music director Leonard Slatkin lately seems to have taken special interest in this French composer, and the past few seasons have featured a steady trickle...
Syrian Trading Making a Comeback
The government is loosening its grip on the economy, giving Syrians a chance to display once again the talents that have made them master merchants and traders since ancient times.Ayman Tibany's eyes shone when a German tourist bought a pair of shoes...
Taiwan's Pirate Radio Stations Thrive on Opinion, Phone Calls
It's shrill, funny, irreverent, occasionally scurrilous. It insults the mighty, defends the meek, and fights by fair means or foul. It's the Voice of Taiwan.Broadcasting from the 10th floor of an office block in suburban Taipei, the Voice is one of four...
Tales of Four Lovers Find Common Ground on Stage
Imagine getting up on stage and telling a room full of strangers the history of your last love affair. You'd be nervous. The audience would be nervous.But in the course of the evening, you and the audience would come to realize we all experience the...
Tewksbury Reels to 8th Win
Bernard Gilkey, who hardly had a hit against anybody in the last month in a 14-for-80 nosedive, finally had a slump-breaker Saturday night in the appearance of Florida Marlins lefthander Chris Hammond.Gilkey had been 12 for 19 in his career against Hammond,...
That Tomato Was Top Banana
NO DOUBT ABOUT IT, Thursday's biggest news play went to a tomato. If you haven't heard about the wonderful new, ever-ripe, genetically altered tomato, you've been completely out of touch.That tomato made the front page of every newspaper I've checked,...
The French Rediscover River Town
As Normandy Beach braces for D-Day's 50th anniversary, some Frenchmen are focusing instead on an invasion from Normandy a couple of centuries ago.That 18th-century influx led from Normandy and other regions of France to colonial cities - like Ste. Genevieve,...
The French Rediscover River Town of Ste. Genevieve
As Normandy Beach braces for D-Day's 50th anniversary, some Frenchmen are focusing instead on an invasion from Normandy a couple of centuries ago.That 18th-century influx led from Normandy and other regions of France to colonial cities - like Ste. Genevieve,...
The High Price of Pork
What grates on some people in Mercer, Sullivan and Putnam counties just south of the Iowa border is that hog-production operations such as the one owned and managed by Premium Standard Farms are big, centralized, hard nosed and profit driven. Yet the...
The Long Fight for Civil Rights Book Studies Government's Role
Black Resistance, White Law A History of Constitutional Racism In America By Mary Frances Berry 319 pages, Penguin, $22.95</P><P>`WHITE OPPRESSION and black resistance have been a part of the American scene since the colonial period."...
The Price of Fame, Fortune `Schindler's' Author to Speak in St. Louis
"Racism is as human as love."In defining ourselves, the tribe we belong to, its mores, we are tempted to believe in the inferiority of the culture and mores of other groups. Sometimes, the grander the cultural identity, the greater the temptation of...
The Queen of Shade
When the temperature hits 90, the most popular place in a garden is apt to be the shade. While some people struggle to grow grass under the trees or in the shadow of their house, most gardeners know it's easier to plant shade plants. Try ivy, lilies...
The Retirement Ritual Doesn't Change Much
EXCEPT FOR A FEW details, the ritual of the retirement ceremony hasn't changed much over the last few decades, Miss Manners has observed.Some sort of party is still usually given, with a representative of management presiding. The difference nowadays...
They Share Pain and Joy at the Wellness Community
WHEN THE diagnosis is a malignancy, patients' questions multiply faster than cancer cells. Listen in at cancer treatment waiting rooms, and you'll hear patients asking each other about side effects or sharing tips on how to get through the night."Information...
Time to Deal Shuffling of Coaches, Gms Has Just Begun
Ready. Aim. Fire.The National Hockey League's annual ritual of front-office shuffling and behind-the-bench jockeying began last week.In Hartford, general manager Paul Holmgren fired coach Pierre McGuire after less than a full season on the job. McGuire...
Trying to Simplify a Refund on Value Added Tax
Q. Please explain how to get tax refunds on purchases we make in Europe. I never get anything back because it sounds too complicated.A. You aren't alone. Europe Tax-Free Shopping, a company that operates as a VAT (value-added tax) refund service, estimates...
Tug's Lost Son Boy That Mcgraw Once Ignored Becomes a Country Music Star
Backstage in his dressing room at the Saginaw Civic Center, Tim McGraw opened a bottle of beer and asked: "How far is South Bend from here?" Wearing a wide-brimmed, black cowboy hat and boots with toes sharp enough to be a lethal weapon, McGraw had just...
Under Siege: Kids and War Struggling to Survive in Sarajevo
Zlata's Diary By Zlata Filipovic 200 pages, Viking, $16.95 I Dream Of Peace Images of War by Children of Former Yugoslavia 70 pages, HarperCollins/UNICEF, $12.95 Sarajevo A Portrait of the Siege 126 pages, Warner, $29.95</P><P>FIVE...
U.N. Force to Leave Airport in Rwanda Fierce Artillery Duel between Rebels, Government Halts Relief Flights into Capital
Heavy shelling prevented relief flights from reaching Rwanda's capital on Saturday and prompted the United Nations to announce that its few soldiers would abandon the airport.Rebel mortars and rockets, seeking to silence army gunners at the airport,...
Union Station Steams into Its Second Century
The first train station in downtown St. Louis was built in the late 1870s. It was called the Union Depot, a small building and train platform at what was then the intersection of 12th and Poplar streets.It didn't amount to much, but it didn't need to,...
Used Tire Cleanup Legislation Goes Flat
AN EFFORT TO get serious about cleaning up old tire piles in Missouri failed in the session of the Legislature that ended on May 13.But the competing interests that helped defeat the tire bill on the last day of the session agree that something will...
When Inclusion Includes Hitting
A 13-YEAR-OLD St. Louis County girl whom we will call Susan - is at the center of a very complicated court fight. The legal arguments have to do with due process, and the definition of "dangerousness," and the limitations of something called a stay-put...
White Tablecloths and Simplicity
At Gian-Peppe's on The Hill, the kitchen is the family room.Gabriella, the matriarch of the Profeta family, presides over the stove. She shares these duties on many nights with Peppe, her son, who otherwise would be out front greeting the customers....